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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Montserrat is for those who love simple island living..

Our island Villa is located on the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. This little island is called Montserrat and is home to the active Soufriere Hills Volcano which began erupting in 1995.

During the years of eruptions, the island lost two of its main villages, Plymouth and St. Patrick's. The volcano also claimed the airport, harbor and the best agricultural land the island had to offer. Half of the island is now part of the exclusion zone.The people of the island are in the process of recreating themselves.

From a population of 12,000 before the volcano, the island is now home to around 4,000 people. Those of us who have chosen Montserrat as our home enjoy the simplicity of island life. We don't require a lot of entertainment. Socializing is a favorite past-time, called Limin by the locals. Games of boci, cribbage and ping pong help to pass the time. Swimming and snorkeling in nearby beaches are part of our exercise rituals.

This island is not for everyone. For those who are drawn to it, it becomes a spiritual awakening, allowing us to detach from the stresses of the worlds beyond.

Local Restaurants We Like To Frequent

The Attic – Open Monday through Friday for breakfast or lunch until 4 p.m. Caroline and her mom have the best quesadillas and roti’s on island. You can also find the best in tropical drinks.

The Olveston House – This is home to Sir George Martin and has recently opened as a new restaurant on island. Margaret and Carol teamed up together to offer you nice meals at reasonable prices. They are open by reservation, so call in advance. Their hours are changing to meet the needs of their customers. You’ll love sitting on the porch where family members are available to take care of your needs.

John Ponteen’s Beach View Bar - located next to the Green Monkey at Little Bay. John serves Sunday lunch with a choice of BBQ chicken and Ribs with a great assortment of island vegetables on the side. John cooks it all on his small outside BBQ grill. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss. Relax with a drink; each meal is made to order so there’s no rushing here. John has also started a Wednesday night BBQ and added pumpkin soup to the menu. Local music is also part of this nice evening atmosphere.

People’s Place, a little local bar on top of the Center Hills, is where you’ll often find travelers stopping for a beer and a moment of conversation. John serves a great Talapia at this little “hot” spot. It’s nothing to look at from the outside, but it’s worth the stop just for the experience.

Tina’s Restaurant – Located on the other side of the island, Tina’s is open for lunch and dinner and has great local food. Their famous pizzas are served on the dinner menu.

Ziggy’s Restaurant – Just getting to Ziggy’s is an adventure in itself, but it gets even better once inside. You’ll be greeted by Marcia when you enter through the tent which houses the seating area. The atmosphere is soothing and romantic, so save this for a special evening. They are open strictly by appointment, so it’s best to call upon your arrival so you don’t miss it. They are a bit pricey but worth it. They have a wine room where you can go and pick out your wine for the evening; or you can buy the house wine by the glass.

The Royal Palm is high up into the mountains. Here you’ll find a classy restaurant with a sunset view. It’s a great place to have a before or after dinner drink and meet new people, as it has the nicest late night bar on island. Worth the trip just to experience it. They have limited hours, so call in advance.

FYI - Tuesday night is move night at the Royal Palm. Call Trevor for the week’s showing.

Idabelle’s Restaurant is located on the bottom floor at the Tropical Mansion Hotel in Sweeney’s which you would have passed on your way here from the airport. Idabelle’s is open for lunch and dinner (subject to change, of course). Her food is local fair and Idabelle does a great job of seasoning and serving it just right. There is not much atmosphere in the restaurant; the few seats outside are the most enjoyable.

Our Solar Hot Water Heater

In effort to become more “GREEN”, we have installed a new Solar Hot Water Heater. Our 80-gallon storage tank should ensure plenty of hot water for all your needs. If you have a house-full of guests, or if you experience extended periods of rainy or cloudy days (which does not happen often), you may need to utilize our back up electric hot water heater.

However, as electricity is very expensive on island, we ask that you make every effort to utilize our solar hot water heater as much as possible.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rates and Reservations

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Rates for 2009 calendar year:

Low Season rates: April 15 – November 30, 2008
$750 US per week plus tax for a family up to 4 persons
Add $50 per week for each additional person (6 person maximum)

High Season Rates: Dec 1 – April 14, 2009
$950 US per week plus tax for a family up to 4 persons
Add $50 per week for each additional person (6 person maximum)

Long term rates are available. Contact for details.


TO REQUEST A RESERVATION - Click here to fill out the Villa Request Form.
We will get back to you ASAP to confirm your reservations and method of payment.

Transportation from the airport to the Villa
Weekly maid service
Linens and furnishings
Pre-arrangement for you car rental

Personal transportation upon arrival to the villa
Automobile Rental

Villa Amenities Include:

Upper level:
- A master bedroom with private bath and jacuzzi tub
- A full equipped modern kitchen that includes:

  • Wall oven
  • Stove top
  • New refrigerator with ice maker
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Small and large food processor
  • Blender
  • Toaster
- A large living room and dining room
- Two large patio decks with sliding glass doors that open up into the walls

Lower level:
- A guest room with a queen sized bed
- A guest room with two single beds
- A full bath
- Laundry room

Other Important Features:
  • Quiet, safe neighborhood
  • Private tiled swimming pool
  • Fully Furnished (linens included)
  • Cable TV
  • Ocean View of Redonda & St Kitts
  • Beach chairs & beach towels
  • Ceiling fans in all rooms
  • Newly Painted Inside & Out
  • Weekly maid service
  • Pre-arrangement of rental car
  • Airport Pick-up to Villa